Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand
- Author: Elvy, Michelle
- ISBN: 9781927145982
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$NZ 39.99 Ex Tax: $NZ 39.99
`Slippery, and exciting ... The stories come at you directly, and then turn askance, and then slap you in the face' Allan Drew `Bonsai' brings together a pioneering collection of flash fiction and associated forms (prose poetry and haibun) from 165 writers in Aotearoa New Zealand, along with intriguing essays on this increasingly popular genre. In 200 small stories of no more than 300 words, where the translucent boundaries between prose and poetry are often transgressed, we discover a vast array of human experience. Here, children race snails, shoot tin cans, learn to fly, and look for Antarctica in a drain pipe, while Schroedinger's cat dreams of life and death, a dog licks away a woman's tears, and a peacock guards its human family. Family tensions spill over during trips to the beach, couples get together and fall apart, babies are born - or not born - and parents die. You might find yourself dancing like the cool kids, listening to a neighbour sing in the dark, or watching a tractor catch fire. There are perfect moments in miniature as dew falls on a spider's web and strangers make eye contact. Composed with precision in a form where every word counts, these carefully chiselled works are provocative, tender and endlessly surprising.